The City of Jambi has within it a water tower that was built in 1928 by the Dutch during the colonial period. The water tower was built specifically for the storage and distribution of water. Confusingly, the tower is always referred to as the Dutch “benteng” (fort), yet it was never used as such. Many in the City of Jambi are under the impression that the water tower was at one time used as a Dutch fort.
The water tower came to be called a benteng only because it is located in the general area where the Dutch had at one time constructed a small fort, the remnants of which are no longer to be seen. At this time a mosque, Islamic school, and this water facility are all located in this area.
The picture at the left shows the center section of the water tower, with a 32 year old sign at the top (from 1979), wishing the city and nation success as they celebrate their 34th year of independence.
Another name used for the water tower is “PDAM Tirta Mayang.” The meaning is:
PDAM is an acronym (pronounced pahm).
Perusahaan–business, or company (it is a government owned business)
MAYANG–palm blossom, or virgin (it’s also a name of one of the legendary founders of Jambi)
The picture on the left, below the door leading out onto a balcony, reveals an inscription showing the year when the water tower was built (1928).
At this time discussions are ongoing for the renovation of the water tower, as it is no longer in service.